Cream See-Through Shirt
Size: XS, fits like an S/M
Flaws: slight signs of general wear
Composition: 100% Cotton
Country of origin: Made in Scotland
Pit to pit: 56cm
Paul Harnden Shoemakers is one of the most iconic yet also equally mysterious brands in the world of avant-garde and artisanal fashion. Little is known about the British designer and his work since he is notoriously shy and barely any information exists. However, what is known is that Harnden, who actually started as a shoemaker in 1985, expanded his line to clothing in the year 2000 with the help of fellow designer Elena Dawson. Dawson, who left the brand again in 2006, has since made a name for herself in the industry as one of the most important designers in this niche.
Yet, although so little is known about him, for many, Paul Harnden is the most important designer in the world of avant-garde fashion and the point where it all started. A whole generation of designers like John Alexander Skelton, Archivio J.M Ribot, and Ziggy Chen are all to some extent inspired by his work and his methods.
Notably, fellow fashion designer John Galliano and German filmmaker Wim Wenders as well as multiple other celebrities are fans of Harnden's work.
For many, his level of craftsmanship is beyond compare. He uses a lot of century-old techniques that are responsible for the outstanding quality and antique look of his products. All pieces are fully handmade in England/Scotland and designed in his studio in Brighton.
Harnden mainly draws inspiration from garments from the past, most notably the 19th century, although there are also some influences from the late 18th century and the early 20th century.
This specific shirt is an extremely light and flowy cotton shirt. It is somewhat see-through and therefore perfectly suited as a layering piece. It has a slightly pleated design which gives it the typical worn-in look all Harden garments share. Adding to that, it features a row of interesting white buttons and subtle cream contrast stitching.